Arthur was the second son of Thomas and Mary Ellen Wilshaw (nee Webb) and had been born in 1893. He was baptised on September 24th 1893 at Biddulph. Arthur was one of nine children born to Thomas and Mary – and all were still alive in 1911. In 1901 the family resided in John Street. The 1911 census gave their address as 147, John Street. In this census, Thomas and his three eldest sons were all described as coal miners. By 1915 the family resided at Ewters Hall Farm, which was at the top of John Street.
Left: Arthur Wilshaw - far right on back row. All three brothers enlisted early in the war. Jack enlisted in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and Arthur and Charles both joined the Biddulph Company which was for the ‘New Reserve Battalion of Territorials of the 5th North Staffordshire Regiment’. The Sentinel later reported that he “has been transferred to the Transport Section of the 1st/5th”. The Staffordshire Weekly Sentinel printed a portrait photograph of Arthur on May 8th 1915 and reported that “Private Arthur Wilshaw of the 2nd/5th Battalion North Staffords is the second son of the three soldier sons of Mr. Thomas Wilshaw of Ewters Hall farm, Braddock’s Hay, Biddulph.”
Arthur died aged 47 in 1940.
Arthur Wilshaw’s medals and medal card. With thanks to Robert Wilshaw for allowing us to photograph Arthur’s medals. Other photographs from the Margaret Bryne Collection.